Upcoming Retreats

At Namchak our intention is to make these workshops accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please get in touch with us. We also offer stipends to help offset the cost of childcare. Please contact amanda@namchak.org  for more information regarding tuition and stipends.

4 Immeasurables Retreat Lama Tsomo

4 Immeasurables Retreat with Lama Tsomo

“Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate.” – Lama Tsomo

About this Retreat

Love and compassion aren’t just feelings—they are capacities we all have the ability to cultivate. Yet life in these times is full of distractions. How can we open our hearts to experience an expansive sense of love and true connection?

By engaging The Four Immeasurables (or Boundless Qualities), known in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as the path to cultivate a limitless heart, we can experience a level of awareness in which isolation and the sense of separation dissolves and we feel our natural connection to one another and to the world.

Rooted in the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the meditation practices known as The Four Immeasurables provide different avenues to break free of isolation and experience true connection to all and everyone.

During this intimate weekend retreat, meditation teacher and award-winning author Lama Tsomo will introduce you to these ancient teachings in a modern way. You’ll learn meditation practices focused on each of the four qualities:

  • Compassion
  • Loving Kindness
  • Sympathetic Joy
  • Equanimity

These practices can be easily incorporated into everyday life, empowering you to open your heart, remove ill will, and live a happier life.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to bring more peace and connection to their life. No previous meditation experience required!

When: Friday February 5th – Sunday February 7th 2021 

    Ready for Exploring Mindfulness of Body and Feeling: Vipassana Retreat (Level 2)?

    This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation or Vipassana. If mindfulness meditation (or Shamata) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use insight meditation (Vipassana) to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves. Spend a weekend learning this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

    Who This Workshop is For:
    This retreat is part two of our Vipassana series and is suited for anyone who wants to examine the why and what of Vipassana meditation. All participants should have received Khen Rinpoche’s first level of Vipassana teachings.

    Coming Spring 2021

    Namchak’s Ngöndro Retreat

    Ngöndro is the essential or “preliminary practice” in Tibetan Buddhism, requiring commitment and support it means “something which precedes.” In a direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing our Enlightened nature. In this online retreat, Khenpo Rinpoche will discuss the different practices of the Ngöndro, paint a picture of the sequence and how to practice, and help us to begin clearing our karma through dialogue and contemplation.

    Who This Workshop is For:
    This retreat is for students that are currently practicing the Ngöndro. Contact jessica@namchak.org for more information about the program and getting started.

    Waking Up

    Waking Up in Community Retreat
    Taking Your Practice into the World

    Namchak is teaming up with Aaron Stern, founder and president of the Academy for the Love of Learning, for a special workshop focused on bringing your inner practice into everyday life. Among the goals: creating the habit of staying in connection with your true self and others, whatever comes your way.

    Who This Workshop is for:
    Whether you’re reeling from national news and events, are struggling with a transition, or feeling a lack of meaning in your everyday life, the practices taught and experienced at this workshop will help equip you to transform your inner and outer relationships at home, at work, and in community. No prior experience required! You’ll emerge with greater perspective and new skills – ready to show up in the world with authenticity and leadership.

    What to Expect from this Retreat:
    Lama Tsomo and Aaron Stern bring their practices together to create a unique experience that weaves together inner and outer work through guided meditations, experience-based reflective exercises, and interactive dialogues. Participants can expect time for solo and shared reflection.

    Practices Will Include:

    • An introduction to 7-point mind training a Buddhist practice designed to hack everyday challenges into opportunities for growth and happiness.
    • Modern techniques for increasing awareness in real time and redirecting action, based on the Academy’s ‘Learning as a Practice for Waking Up’ approach.
    • The ancient Buddhist practice of Vipassana (Sublime Seeing—Insight) meditation, taught Tibetan style by Lama Tsomo.


    To be Announced 

    All times reflect MST*

    Additional Resources

    Learn more about the Namchak lineage including stories, history, and more about Vajrayana Buddhism here.

    We also have a Preparing for Retreat Guide that provides students with additional resources, steps for preparing for a retreat, connecting to community, Namchak’s guiding values, and more.

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